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HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS TO PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19

• Boost your immunity with Vitamin C and stay well hydrated.

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Roby CISD moves bond election to November

In the wake of the COVID-19, the Roby CISD Board of Trustees met in an emergency meeting last week to discuss several issues related to recent orders and proclamations issued from the governor’s office, including voting to reschedule the anticipated May Bond Election to fall in line with November’s Presidential Election.

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Local hospitals prepare for COVID-19

Local hospitals prepare for COVID-19

Paramedic, Judson Sconce, takes his shift to help screen individuals that are visiting the hospital, clinic or pharmacy at Fisher County Hospital.

Although local hospital districts began initiating protocols last week, as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the state and into rural areas, healthcare professionals say it is more important now than ever before to protect public health and safety.

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Stonewall considers countywide curfew

Stonewall considers countywide curfew

Stonewall Commissioner court practices social distancing while deliberating county-wide curfew

The Stonewall County Commissioners discussed whether or not to approve more stringent limitations for the county on Monday, including the possibility of a countywide curfew. Although commissioners agreed they did not feel further citizen restrictions were necessary at present, the court did approve altering courthouse hours and limiting public interaction.

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Rotan ISD strikes Multi-Million Dollar Deal

The Rotan ISD Board of Trustees met Monday night, and while maintaining social distancing and adhering to legal counsel’s restricted travel made communication challenging, the board unanimously approved the 313 Agreement with BayWa r.e. that will bring millions to the district.

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LOCAL SCHOOLS CLOSE: Uncertain about the future educational

LOCAL SCHOOLS CLOSE: Uncertain about the future educational

Although still three months left in the traditional school year, classrooms sit empty due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, possibly for the rest of 2019-2020.

Students and teachers returned from spring break earlier this week, and while Roby CISD extended its break through Wednesday, Aspermont and Rotan school districts have implemented several changes from schedules to instructional hours and courses to daily release times. However, by mid-week superintendents were making official announcements that schools would be closing, uncertain on when — or if — classes will resume on campuses.

Since Sunday, Superintendents across the state have been participating in daily telephone conference calls with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, sharing information gathered at local levels as well as offering guidance received from state and national health care professionals.

Although school closures for the remainder of the school year have been a consideration, at present Morath has not required it, instead, ceding local control to superintendents based on the needs of their respective communities.

 

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LOCAL HOSPITALS APPLY EMERGENCY PLANS

On the heels of the White House exercising authorities to declare a national response to the coronavirus and President Trump asking all hospitals to activate its emergency preparedness plan, local hospitals are working to help protect patients and staff from potential infection while continuing to provide healthcare services to their communities.

The Fisher and Stonewall hospital districts, their respective clinics, Gibson Care Center in Stonewall Co. and Heritage House in Fisher Co. are partnering with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Hospital Association (THA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) is Prepared to Meet Members' Needs; Annual Meeting Canceled as Precaution

Like you, the directors and leadership of Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) are well-aware of the COVID-19/Coronavirus turmoil that is prevalent in the world around us. Despite what uncertainties may lie ahead, BCEC’s goal is to operate business as usual in service to our members – with an abundance of caution. Operating with an abundance of caution does require us to do a few things differently, with each of us exercising good judgement. BCEC is moving forward responsibly, day-by-day.

Response to this virus is everchanging and BCEC leadership is actively monitoring it. As of March 17, 2020, our lobbies will remain open for businessas-usual. If circumstances in our area change, we may reevaluate that. Please follow us on Facebook or check our website, bigcountry.coop, for timely updates or changes.

Please keep in mind that there are a variety of ways for to communicate with BCEC during this time of “social distancing”:

 

Fri
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Aspermont and Rotan OAP companies advance to bi-district

Aspermont and Rotan OAP companies advance to bi-district

Rotan ISD One Act Play Cast, Crew and Directors for ‘Twelve Angry Jurors” COURTESY PHOTO

Students involved in Aspermont and Rotan one-actplay troupes received top honors last week as both schools advance to the bi-district competition scheduled for later this month.

The always competitive Aspermont OAP company brings Mandy Conner’s “Unclaimed” to the stage this year. The play depicts haunting images, humor, humanity and the darker side of the circus and the lives of its performers and sideshow freaks, loosely based on the events leading up to the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944.

Rotan ISD’s OAP troupe is presenting a mixed-gender adaptation of Reginald Rose’s original 1955 play “12 Angry Men.” Tempers flare in this heated courtroom drama when a single dissenting juror brings new perspectives on the evidence in the efforts of convincing the other 11 to find “reasonable doubt” while the life of a 19-year-old-man rests in their hands.

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Stonewall Memorial Hospital looking to drop Athena to prevent future losses

Since switching to Athena in 2018, the Stonewall Memorial Hospital District has faced numerous challenges with the system on the financial side of record keeping, and with the discovery of thousands in revenue losses, the administration is looking at returning to CPSI, the district’s previous service provider.

“It has come to our attention that we are missing significant amounts of revenue,” said hospital CEO Billie Carter, when she spoke to the SMH board last month, explaining that internal financial reports show an estimated loss of roughly $500,000 in claims.

Carter said it was discovered when the finance department began processing tax forms, and while they are continuing to look into the issue, attempting to pinpoint where the losses are happening, it appears supply charges and other charges are simply disappearing.

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